The Woodrow Wilson High School musical will likely return this spring after it was canceled last year for the first time in its 63-year history.

Students are working on an abridged version of “Chicago,” Director John Beaird said.

“It is not going to be the full musical as it’s written, but it’s going to follow the same narrative,” he said. “All the songs are going to be there. We’ve got time limitations, and in order to make this work, this is how we have to do it.”

The venue for the production is not yet known, but Beaird is talking with district officials about several options. The show could be performed in the school’s auditorium with a limited audience, or it could take place outside in the parking lot, which would accommodate more guests. If outdoors, audience members could bring a lawn chair and a picnic.

“There are still things that are a bit up in the air,” Beaird said. “We’re having to wait and see if things relax, but we’re excited to get back to work with our kids. We’re working hard, and we’re going to have a wonderful show.”

Beaird is limiting the cast size of each musical number and keeping students, who wear face coverings, socially distant during rehearsals.

This spring, even with the snow, has been so fun for us,” Beaird said. “We’re feeling a little normal.”

The show will take place May 6-9, about a month later than usual. The date was pushed back because of rainy weather concerns if the event happens outside.

Last year’s production of “Mamma Mia” was canceled because of the coronavirus, but students performed virtually in a tribute video produced by Dallas-based company Charlie Uniform Tango.


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